St. Louis - April 9th, 2005. It was a great blessing for the Orthodox people of St. Louis to receive the miracle-working Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God
from April 1st through April 7th. On Friday, April 1st, the clergy of St. John Chrysostom Russian Orthodox Church (House Springs, MO) received the Icon in Columbia, MO, at the Russian Orthodox Mission of St. Mary of Egypt, following a moleben served by Priest Anthony Nelson (St. Benedict Orthodox Church, Oklahoma City, OK
), who had travelled with the Icon to parishes in Oklahoma and Kansas during the previous week. Upon arriving in St. Louis that evening, the Icon was taken to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
for the service of Small Compline and the Akathist to the Mother of God, served by the parish clergy, Priest Doug (Dionysios) Papulis and Protopresbyter George Nicozisin, and the clergy of St. John's, Priest Christopher Stade and Deacon Matthew Williams.
Following the service, the Icon was taken to the home of Priest Martin Swanson, rector of St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church
. Fr. Martin is recovering from recent surgery. The Icon was present at St. Basil's Saturday and Sunday, where services were conducted by Schema-abbot George (Schaefer) (Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY) and Hieromonk Seraphim (Voepel) (Hermitage of the Holy Cross, Wayne, WV).
With the Icon present, Lenten Vespers on Sunday evening and an Akathist Hymn on Monday evening were served at St. John's. During the week the Icon was also received with great joy in the homes of many of the faithful.